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Questions tagged [meetings]

Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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How can I participate in a meeting where everyone interrupts each other?

Once a week we have group meetings for all the members of my department to give project updates and it's become standard for everyone to interrupt each other all the time. Like I'll start saying "I'm ...
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Should I check with my boss before I schedule something in his office?

I need to schedule a meeting with me, my boss, and a third person (at my boss's level). none of the conference rooms are available at the only time the meeting is good. Should I ask my boss before I ...
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I get bored during meetings. What should I do? [closed]

I got this as an example: I get bored when people talk too much in meetings. What should I do? but my problem is different. I am an English speaker (although my mother tongue is Arabic) who works in a ...
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How to tell company that you will be leaving after one day of joining a remote unpaid internship

I started working as a remote(work-from-home) intern at a very young startup. The internship is for 3 months and I just learned I will have to attend a 3-hour meeting every night. For every meeting ...
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I get bored when people talk too much in meetings. What should I do?

When attending meetings that I should attend, I get bored because some people talk too much without putting action points or setting a plan of the next steps that should be done. I imagine it that ...
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Meeting with the boss one-on-one but a member of HR will be attending [closed]

I have received a letter from my boss saying that a meeting has been arranged for this date and time, and a member of HR will be there. That is all the letter said. When I asked the boss what the ...
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Is there etiquitte for meeting scheduling polls (time from poll to decision)?

Question How long does a person sending out a poll to pick a meeting time have to make a decision on when the meeting will be? Details USA. Large organization with multiple teams, groups, etc. When ...
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Reject many meeting invitations without upsetting the senders

[I found several questions to reject meetings in special situations, but not a general one. So I'm asking this.] I'm infected with meeting overload. Meetings often take up 80% of my weekly working ...
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How to exclude a colleague from a meeting politely?

I'm hosting a meeting and the topic concerns a lot of people in our team but I want to keep it focused and invite only several people as a kickoff. I don't want to invite one specific colleague ...
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Excluded from meetings

I am a lead developer in a business unit, there are 2 other lead developers that are invited to project meetings with the head of department, where they get updates and as asked for their input. I ...
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Suspected (hypo)mania in a business meeting [closed]

I recently met 1:1 with a business mentor and potential investor whom I've met with twice previously at length and am increasingly friendly with. The previous times he's been mild-mannered, relaxed ...
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Is it acceptable to refuse to be somewhere because there is a sick person in the room?

I was in a course for 2 days, small room, 4 people, 1 was very sick (cold or flu, and not respecting good practices like coughing in elbow). I tried to take every precaution I know: wash hands ...
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Convincing management to redo work that's already been done

My agency has been developing an application that they're hoping will bring in a lot of revenue and they're going about it the wrong way. The agency usually only deals with wordpress and drupal type ...
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How to refuse to go to a meeting without a key team member present

I have a project manager that's been very relaxed on actually managing a project. His main style of management is to pick a laundry list of things that need to be accomplished in 1 week and tell the ...
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How do you respond when someone scoffs at your reasoned answer to their question?

I have the following scenario where a person I'm working with is new in the team and they're in a leadership role within the team. They asked why something was done a particular way. I gave them ...
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Awkward moment at department meeting

I zoned out in my department meeting (about 80 people) and suddenly heard my name in the department award session. I was still thinking what I did to get the award so didn’t stand up to accept my ...
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Meeting scheduled outside of work hours for support team

We are a small company of around 14 employees that provides 3rd party support for software that is made by other companies. I work in the support team. My colleagues and I have noticed a common ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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Driving the skype meetings, speaking effectively in skype meetings [closed]

I am a decent speaker but in a Skype conference call, I often stay quiet. Also when there are meetings with upper management I remain quiet. What are some of the good tips to speak in Skype meetings, ...
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How to handle a boss who constantly stares with an angry face in meetings?

Background: I am a software developer with little over of a decade experience in my job, based on India, but now I am working in Toronto through my Indian employer for 3+ years. ( I am a full time ...
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Organization and efficiency of team meetings and 1-to-1

We are a small (5 people) team of geographically dispersed employees in a big international corporation. Up until now, our manager decided not to have 1-to-1 meetings with any of us, but a single ...
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How to talk to an oblivious boss who takes calls in bathroom unmuted

My boss has a bad habit of leaving his phone unmuted when on a conference call. Usually, we hear some background keyboard noise or some throat clearing noise, and somebody politely asks everyone to ...
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Boss immediately responds to me without letting me finish my question

When I'm in a meeting with several people and I start to ask a question, my boss usually interrupts me when I'm about 70% done asking my question/providing context. When she interrupts, she typically ...
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Incorrect scrum meeting format not allowing for enough participation from developers

I recently starting working on a project team for a company that is transitioning to Agile methodologies, and that means daily scrum meetings. The scrum masters, however, tend to hold their meeting ...
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How to keep a project on track between two departments where there is very little oversight [closed]

I'm a sys admin that leads a weekly meeting between two departments for the upgrade of a system that has reached end of life and we are trying to get it upgraded to a supported platform. We've been ...
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How to deal with a colleague who consistently schedules meetings that should be emails? [duplicate]

I've got a great team to work in and I absolutely love my job, but one of my colleagues will continually insist on meetings, even/especially after a 'long' email discussion. They're often <= 30 ...
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Can a client force me to transfer my (digital) notes to him? [closed]

I'm in a lot of meetings on a daily basis. So I usually take notes to help me remember what we discussed during the meeting and to have a backlog of any tasks I might need to perform. Recently I've ...
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No feedback and not included in any project meetings

I am a QA analyst. I have been testing for a little over 2 years now and I recently (~ 4 months ago) started a job at a small company with less than 20 employees. I work alongside another senior QA ...
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Strategies to organize meetings when everyone talks at the same time?

Background I work in the IT area of a product company. By definition I am a developer, but since we are somewhat small, some of us take more than one role/responsibility. Almost everything here is ...
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Is it normal to have daily 1:1 meetings with your boss?

I work as a Software Engineer in a large company. My team of six has daily stand-up meetings to chat about what we did/will be doing for that day. I also have a bi-weekly one-on-one with my own ...
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What is the threshold between deciding to send an email or schedule a meeting? [closed]

I would like to ask a colleague for some advice on a project, but I am unsure as to whether an email would suffice or if I should schedule a meeting. What things should I consider when making this ...
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Alternative to saying “good night” on remote meetings

I have a weekly Skype meeting with a colleague who lives on another continent. Our meeting happens in the morning for me and in the night time for him (around 9pm). He always starts out the meeting ...
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How to politely decline integration meeting

I have signed a new contract recently. My start date is in 2 months. I will be a remote worker, the company headquarters is really far away from me - an 8 hour car trip. They are organizing an ...
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Offered an informal meeting with another company - what is that?

Background I'm 21 years old, working for company A since three months. I joined company A for an internship, I'm working with them part-time and I want to stay with them at least until next September, ...
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Unofficial meeting during house hunting trip

I will start a new job in a month. I just came to the city yesterday (where I will work) for house-hunting, and I am staying at a hotel very close to my office location. I will be here for three days ...
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Colleague facing redundancy has asked me to accompany her to HR meeting

The place where I work is currently making redundancies. Cuts are being made and 20 people are at risk of losing their jobs. I'm not at risk but my colleague is and she's been invited to a meeting ...
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Leaving a Meeting with permission, but someone was offended [closed]

During my first month in this new job, I was invited to a meeting. I came on time, but I realised my colleagues already started many minutes before. At some point, I was lost, I didn't know what ...
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Getting Point Across During Meetings with National Debater?

We have weekly meetings of around 10 people. One of those 10 people has won various debate tournaments and qualified for national debate competitions in his past. As a result, whenever we are deciding ...
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How to politely decline a meeting request?

About a month ago, my company (builds software) has decided to implement new management hierarchy. Under this change, we have one Project Manager (PM) for multiple projects, whose responsibility is to ...
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“Yearly meeting”, Germany, how common is it to be fired? [closed]

Reopen voters: check this comment. Recently I had some troubles with one of the bosses of my employer company, and I think he is now working on my firing. Fortunately, other bosses are sympathising ...
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Sharing a video in a video conference call [closed]

I have an interesting question. My company and a client will be having a meeting over Skype for business. I have prepared some videos that I would like to show at the meeting. I would like to stream ...
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How to prevent non-technical and disruptive persons from coming to our technical meetings? [closed]

I work in a small team and recently we had to merge with another team (slightly larger) in a business vertical. Both teams are dealing with some satellite applications related to Business Intelligence....
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How to best pitch my side project to my boss?

Our company develops and markets a series of software products. I'm a software developer. I've been working on a side project for the last month and a half outside of working hours. This is a product ...
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How can a spreadsheet replace a monthly review meeting? [closed]

The company I work in used to do monthly review meetings. Since last year this was changed and we use spreadsheets now instead. We fill them with the projects the boss decides should be a priority, ...
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How to tell senior level coworker I don't want to attend meeting

I started a new job recently, and my boss works remotely, so an onsite senior level employee sort of fills the roll of my boss. There is a several-hour long meeting tomorrow in the afternoon that goes ...
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How do I conduct an effective 1-2-1 meeting?

I manage a team of subordinates and as part of my role I carry out 1-2-1 meetings. At the moment, 1-2-1 meetings typically last around 10 minutes and are conducted every 4 weeks. An hour is ...
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How to say “that I am not against/countering your opinion” to the boss politely?

I have an issue with a situation that happens a lot of the time. When I converse with my boss, he sometimes misunderstands some point in the discussion and talks from that point of view. However if I ...
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Should you ever correct anyone, when it actually matters? [duplicate]

Should you ever correct other people when they make significant mistakes in an enviroment without customers (ie. relevants amounts of time would be wasted or whole projects fail)? If you have to do ...
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Is it professional to leave a meeting early if attendees are late and it runs over work hours?

I don't mind staying late to get something done in a fire drill, or to meet deadlines, but if there's a meeting that runs over the working hours that you've communicated to your co-workers (in a ...
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Is there any rules of thumb when waiting near someone's office for them to finish an impromptu meeting?

I occasionally need to deal directly with the General Managers of the divisions in our office. Usually these are quick things that warrant a small disruption of their day; requested project ...